Pinched nerve

Pinched nerve

A pinched nerve is exactly what the name implies. That is, a nerve has become pinched by a bone, joint structure, cartilage or abnormal tissue such as a tumour. Pinched nerves cause pain in the area that the nerve is being pinched. When the compression is large enough the pain may track all the way down the nerve just like in sciatica. Most pinched nerves occur in the neck and low back and may give arm and leg symptoms.

Symptoms of a pinched nerve

Symptoms of a pinched nerve depend on the location of the pinched nerve. Symptoms will typically involve one or all of the following: Pain, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness and impaired function in advanced cases. If treatment is sort early pinched nerves typically respond excellently with no lasting symptoms, however if left symptoms may progress and can become permanent.

Treatment of a pinched nerve

The treatment of a pinched nerve really depends on the severity of symptoms and compression about the nerve. In cases where there is ongoing symptoms progression, surgery may be needed. Usually, conservative treatment by a chiropractor or physiotherapist is enough to limit symptom progression and allow for a full recovery. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) Balmain and Dee Why our chiropractors and physiotherapists are skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of pinched nerves. Treatments may include a combination of McKenzie Method, spinal manipulation, muscle therapy and strengthening exercises.

Other causes of low back pain

The following conditions are common causes of low back pain.